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How to Overcome Artist's Block

It's frustrating, it's tiresome, and, most importantly, it's guaranteed to happen to you. If you are an artist, you're most likely going to experience artist's block at some point or another. This horrible situation leaves you unable to draw, paint, sculpt, or do whatever type of art that you specialize in. it can even leave you unable to do any art at all. How to overcome artist's block is a vital piece of information that all creative types need. So, how?

Take a Walk

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Sometimes, you just need to remove yourself from what's causing you frustration. In this case, that's your artwork… or the artwork that should be there. A great way to do this is to take a nice walk, preferably somewhere peaceful, where you can focus on the world around you, not your work. This will give you a chance to clear your head, making it easier to work when you do return to whatever you were doing in the first place.

Set a Time Limit

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Sometimes, all it takes is a ticking clock to get the ball rolling. Set a timer, and work for only that amount of time before stopping. There are exercises you can do to go along with this. Paint ten paintings in as many minutes, or try a speed-drawing of whatever is closest to you. Whatever the case, force yourself to do it for the amount of time that you set. Don't just stare at the paper for the entire time. Get working!

Request an Assignment

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Another great way to get over artist's block is to take your own ideas completely out of the equation. Make the idea no longer your responsibility by requesting someone give you an assignment. The best person to ask for this would be a mentor, or someone else that you trust. (Bonus points if they're an artist themselves!) Then, follow through on this assignment. Don't give up halfway through. When you're done, it will have hopefully gotten the ball rolling again.

Change Mediums

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Sure, you might be having problem with drawing, but you're probably not having the same issues with painting. Or sculpting. Or even using pastels. When you're stuck in a rut, and can't quite get anything started, changing mediums is a good way to change up your perceptions, too. This can lead to more creative thoughts, and get you working again. Then, before you know it, the artist's block is gone, and you can work in your preferred medium again!

Fake It Until You Make It!

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So, you've taken walks. You've set a timer. You've asked for an assignment. You've changed mediums. And, nothing. What do you do when none of the tips and tricks worked? Try faking it. Don't wait for your muse to show up to continue working. Instead, just sit down and get it over with. Forcing yourself through this slump in this method is like ripping off a band-aid:  The faster it's done, the less painful it is. So smile, take a deep breath, and get to work!

Artist's block is a pain. It can strike in the worst of times, leaving you unable to create new pieces of art, or even complete existing ones. With these tricks, hopefully artist's block will be a thing of the past!

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